Kanye West announced his candidacy for presidency for the 2020 election at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.
West, who bagged the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, announced this candidacy at the end of his acceptance speech. “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” the rapper said.
According to the Nielsen Twitter TV ratings, the VMAs became the most trending topic with over 21.4 million tweets in the United States. As much as 247,525 tweets were recorded within a minute of West announcing that he was running for office in 2020.
The announcement gave rise to an insane amount of visual memes that surfaced on the web. West’s announcement elicited a response from the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, who tweeted, saying, “What experience does he have? None.”
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You can see the entire list of tweets and memes here.
Nicki Minaj, along with Demi Lovato, Twenty One Pilots & A$AS Rocky and The Weekend, performed at the show, as reported by Morning News USA.
Taylor Swift bagged the Best Female Video and Best Pop Video (Blank Space), and Video of the Year Award (Bad Blood); Nicki Minaj was awarded the best Hip-Hop video (Anaconda); and the Best Male Video award went to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (Uptown Funk). As reported by Vox, Following is the complete list of all the awards:
BEST FEMALE VIDEO: Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO: Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
BEST MALE VIDEO: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
BEST POP VIDEO: Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
BEST ROCK VIDEO :Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
ARTIST TO WATCH: Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE: Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
BEST ART DIRECTION: Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (François Rousselet, Jason Fijal)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man, and Mori Harano)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
BEST DIRECTION: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & the Little Homies)
BEST EDITING: Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Skrillex & Diplo “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer, Gloria FX, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
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